Today Show: Orange Is The New Black
“If you did not answer your phone this weekend or didn’t see any of your family, it may have something to do with our next guest,” Savannah Guthrie joked. She wasn’t kidding. The Today Show had some of the cast members of Orange Is The New Black on the show this morning, including Taylor Schilling, who of course plays Piper Chapman, Jason Biggs, who plays her sort-of-a-good-guy-but-maybe-not-so-much fiance Larry, Laura Prepon, who plays the inmate-we-love-to-hate Alex Vause, and Uzo Aduba, who plays Crazy Eyes.
As someone who ignored the warm weather and beautiful blue skies this weekend in favor of binge-watching the entire second season of Orange Is The New Black, I can’t tell you how cool it was to see them in normal clothes, as their normal selves. It was also really weird to see Uzo Aduba talking like a normal, coherent person.
Today Show: Taylor Schilling Binge-Watching
Savannah Guthrie read several tweets about the show, including one from someone who binge-watched the show instead of studying for their exams. “I don’t want people to fail or not meet their potential scholastically because of our show,” Taylor Schilling said, in a way that made me wonder how much of Piper Chapman is really Taylor Schilling in disguise.
“I do. I don’t really care about people’s education as long as they are watching our show or any show on Netflix, obviously. But mostly our show,” Jason Biggs joked.
Today Show: Laura Prepon Orange Is The New Black Success
Laura Prepon said when she read the pilot’s script, she knew it was something special and something she wanted to be part of.
Today: Uzo Aduba Getting Cast As Crazy Eyes
Uzo Aduba actually originally auditioned for the role of the track star Watson, but instead the producers came back to her and suggested her as Crazy Eyes. Uzo wondered what it was in her audition that made them decide she was right for the crazy woman. “But I read it and I thought, yes, she felt absolutely right,” she said.
Originally, Uzo was only supposed to be in two episodes and maybe a third. But luckily for all of us, Crazy Eyes is still in the show.
Today: Jason Biggs On His Character Larry
Savannah Guthrie wondered why Jason Biggs’ character Larry wasn’t so sympathetic. In a show filled with murderers and criminals, why is it that Larry, one of the few characters not in prison, is rarely someone we root for? Jason Biggs had a few theories. One of which was that the female characters are so sympathetic and the actresses who play them are so incredible, especially Taylor Schilling. So when Larry makes these decisions that are somewhat questionable, people aren’t thrilled with him.
Today: Taylor Schilling Being Recognized
Taylor Schilling said this was a huge first role for her. People recognize her from the show, even in New York, where people are really cool. She said she’s really excited about the show and she loves everyone that she works with. She said it was “dreamy.”
Today: Laura Prepon On Her Character Alex Vause
Savannah Guthrie said Laura Prepon’s character was “the person we fell in love with as a character because we hate her so much.” Laura Prepon said she’d take that as a compliment. Even though her character isn’t seen as much in season two, her character will definitely be there in season three for every episode. Laura Prepon said she was excited to get back to it because she really missed everyone.